The New Orleans Saints and Kansas City Chiefs are both 0-2 to begin the 2012 football season and will face each other in a Week Three matchup on Sunday, September 23. As a New Orleans fan, I am hoping to see the Saints win at home to claim their first victory of the year and get the season back on track.
The two teams have played each other nine times since 1972, and the Saints have won five of them. New Orleans also has a one-game edge in the last five meetings. Below is a look at the last five games played by the Saints and Chiefs.
November 16, 2008
The Saints beat the Chiefs 30-20 when New Orleans kicker Garrett Hartley made all three of his field goal attempts and quarterback Drew Brees passed for 266 yards. New Orleans running backs Pierre Thomas and Deuce McAllister each had a rushing score. The Chiefs' Dwayne Bowe caught seven passes for 53 yards and two touchdowns, while Lance Moore had eight receptions, 102 yards and a touchdown for the Saints.
November 14, 2004
Saints quarterback Aaron Brooks connected with wide receiver Joe Horn on a 42-yard touchdown pass with five minutes left to win the game 27-20. McAllister rushed for 127 yards and a score, and Horn had 167 receiving yards on five catches. Chiefs quarterback Trent Green passed for 311 yards, while receiver Eddie Kennison had 121 yards in the loss.
December 21, 1997
In the final game of the regular season, the Chiefs finished 13-3 by beating the Saints, who ended the year at 6-10. The Saints' Billy Joe Hobert and Danny Wuerffel each threw a touchdown pass to receiver Keith Poole, but the two quarterbacks combined for only 159 passing yards. The Chiefs got only 50 passing yards from three quarterbacks: Elvis Grbac, Rich Gannon and Billy Joe Tolliver. Still, Kansas City was able to win the game 25-13, as the Chiefs' Marcus Allen led all running backs in the game with 50 yards.
September 4, 1994
The Chiefs opened the 1994 season with a 30-17 win over the Saints. Kansas City's ground game gained 152 yards, while New Orleans managed just 37 rushing yards. The Saints' Jim Everett passed for 326 yards and two touchdowns, and receiver Quinn Early caught eight passes for 101 yards. However, Chiefs quarterback Joe Montana led his team to victory with 315 yards, two scores and no interceptions.
September 8, 1991
The Saints led 17-0 at halftime and held on to beat the Chiefs 17-10. Saints quarterback Bobby Hebert threw two touchdown passes, and receiver Eric Martin had seven receptions, 67 yards and a score. The Chiefs' Steve DeBerg passed for 212 yards and threw a touchdown to Jonathan Hayes. Craig Heyward led the Saints with 51 rushing yards.
Mike Patton is a sports fan who grew up in New Orleans cheering for the New Orleans Saints, Chicago Cubs, and LSU Tigers. As a kid in 1987, he made his first trip to Wrigley Field and also slept outside of the Louisiana Superdome to purchase playoff tickets for the Saints' first postseason appearance. Follow Mike on twitter @MikePattonGBS.